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Cough With Phlegm

Cough with phlegm can occur due to certain conditions like allergies, air pollution, smoking, upper or lower respiratory tract infection, viral infection, bacterial infection, tobacco use, postnasal drip, asthma, and acid reflux. There will be a production of mucus while coughing. It is treated by taking expectorants for thinning and loosening the mucus for expelling it. Gargling with salt water and steam inhalation helps to manage it.

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How to treat my cough that persists in spite of antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a cough since 15 days. There is phlegm as well. I tried using so many syrups, antibiotics and Levocetirizine with Montelukast. The X-ray and CBP (complete blood picture) are normal. But, the cough is still persisting and troubling me. What do you suggest?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You have a cough from two weeks along with expectoration. You have taken antibiotics and antiallergic medicines, but you have not mentioned the name of the antibiotic which you have taken. I would suggest a few things: Any person wit...  Read Full »

How to confirm the symptoms of Coronavirus?

Query: Hello doctor, Last night I was getting chills, feeling more cold than usual and lightheaded and a lot of burping. Maybe like every 30 minutes or less or so feel more chills running down my body and chest feeling bit weird like I am starting having trouble breathing then goes back to normal and repe...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please answer the following: Any travel history in the last one month? Any use of airports? Any fever, have you checked the temperature? Any cough? Any mucus or phlegm? How is your sleep? Is there any malaise or body aches or weakness?  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter has a cough with phlegm. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old daughter has a cough with phlegm. She has been suffering for the past two weeks. She got hospitalized for pneumonia the week before. She has wheezing now. Her doctor has prescribed Levolin and Kidpred, and has started a Budecort inhaler too. The doctor told to continue Bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Diggireddy Shilpa Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the history you have provided, it is difficult to conclude whether she has asthma. Pneumonia sometimes takes a month to completely flush out of the lungs. The doctor must have prescribed the medication according to her physical and laboratory examination.C...  Read Full »

I cough up mucus with specks of blood. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,The last few weeks I have been coughing a lot. Multiple times a day I will gag and cough up mucus. Sometimes it is clear and sometimes it is green with red specks in which I assume is blood. I have a pressure on my chest so breathing can be hard.  Read Full »

Dr. M. A. Toyeb, Nazma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read through your query and went through the attachment you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sometimes violent coughing can lead to specks of blood in sputum. You said that you have chest congestion and greenish sputum. That means you are s...  Read Full »

I have severe cough with breathing difficulty. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having this problem for more than two months. I have severe cough, the whole day I used to spit phlegm normally and suddenly dry cough starts mostly in the night. I face difficulty in breathing and less spitting of phlegm. My blood test report shows AEC 532 cells/mL. ESR-07 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Many patients come to me with similar complaints. Especially during the winter season when it is windy. As per your description, you seem to suffer from bronchitis. The presence of thick phlegm indicates it is a bacterial infection. The values of hemoglobin, ESR (e...  Read Full »

My grandfather is coughing up phlegm. What should we do?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is 92 years old. He had been throwing up with cold chills, hot flashes, coughing up lots of phlegm, sore throat, back, and stomach pain. But there is no fever. What should we do? What could it be?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After going through your query I must admit that the first possibility is of pneumonia or lower respiratory tract infection. As he is having all signs of pneumonia other than fever. It should be ruled out with a chest x-ray and complete blood count. With the advancem...  Read Full »

I coughed up worm-like mucus. What does it indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with flu five days back, it started with a productive cough and then progressed to body aches and fever. Body aches and high fever lasted for about 24 to 36 hours, but I have a constant low-grade fever. I started to feel better after three days, but the coughing was so ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is just phlegm and nothing else. Do not worry, such kind of a productive cough is common in viral bronchitis. Your treatment is going right. I would just suggest the addition of a bronchodilator syrup c...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old female having on and off cough for weeks accompanied by sore throat and green phlegm. Is that due to weak immune system.

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female with a height of 5 feet and weigh 103 lbs. I have had a cough on and off for many weeks now. When I do have it, it is usually accompanied by a sore throat, and I produce phlegm that is usually of green color. I also currently have a small lump towards the bo...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Srinivas Goud

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You mentioned that the cough had been on and off and is not subsiding. This can be due to a compromised immune system and taking antibiotics without completing the course. I suggest you start an antibiotic course and finish it. A combi...  Read Full »

I have stabbing pain in the lower left back after coughing up with phlegm. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male weighing 76 kg and 5.10 feet tall. Since the past month, I have been having issues with my chest. When I wake up in the morning, I cough up a lot of clear and white phlegm and get a stabbing pain in my lower left back. I am suffering from loss of appetite and often fall short ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A productive cough associated with shortness of breath and chest pain always indicates a need for clinical examination and appropriate special investigations as follows.Clinical examination with auscultation (using a stethoscope), Chest x-ray, Sputum specimen for culture...  Read Full »

I have had a sore throat and cough with phlegm for a month. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,Last month, I woke up with a sore throat and a big phlegm that seemed stuck in my throat. After a couple of days, I had a fever, so I took Paracetamol, and my fever went away. Every time I cough, it sometimes leads to vomiting. I also feel a squeaky sound from my chest. My voice is stil...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You may have a respiratory infection, such as the flu or bronchitis, based on your symptoms. The flu typically causes fever, sore throat, and cough, while bronchitis may cause a persistent cough with phlegm production. If your symptoms persis...  Read Full »

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